you decide it's worth a try and let the gerbil attempt to chew you down. the little animal tickles as it climbs up your body, stopping at your ankle where the rope snagged. it begins chewing and doesn't stop until the rope gives, and you jerk once as the rope snaps before falling to the ground.
in your astonishment you shake hands with the gerbil and praise its valiance, and vow to keep your promise never to eat its family. after all, why would a lion need to eat a gerbil? it is the king of the jungle.